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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Rangers ready for second half of baskeball season See Page 7 New Braunfels 150 CENTS Salute to the dough boy 18 pages in one section Wednesday December rttHri HeraldZei Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of ROBIN REARY Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Robin Reary Bradley Bevil 10 Jessica Sweeney 14 Pamela Brinkkoeter Karen Schwind Gilbert Molina Happy anniversary to Mr and Mrs Norman Kraft 55 Last chance for logos The City of New Braunfels Main Street Transit Committee is extending the deadline for logo entries to December 21 The logo design must be able to be reproduced in black and white but may be four color The committee reserves the right to alter or merge designs and names For more informa tion call the Main Street Office at 6082100 Live nativity scene The Holy Family Church Youth Program will hold its fourth annual live nativity on Dec 22 and 23 from 7 to at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street Sesquicentennial book on sale The radio program New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes that has been broad cast during 1995 has been reduced to a book and is available for sale The price is plus sales tax Exact delivery date is not available But the Sophien burg Museum and Archives will have book gift certificate available for sale until Friday Dec 22 If you have ques tions call 6291572 or 6291 City offices holiday schedule set All city offices will be closed Dec 25 and 26 and Jan 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christmas day but will be available for regular service on the 26th and on New Years Day For more informa tion or asistance call 608 2140 from 8 to 5 on any business day Cheer Fund needs more donations The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Wm L Childs III Miss Lin den Anderson and a anonymous donation bringing the fund total to Delivery of food will take place at 9 Saturday Dec 23 Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food bas kets More donations are also needed to cover the cost of the food baskets that have been ordered To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Lan da or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 ii I m i Katie Thigpen Burton Speckman and Ryan Sckula look through the potato pile as for Cheer Fund baskets SEASON OF GIVING Cheer Fund brightens holidays for hundreds of families By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Hundreds of needy families will have food to eat this holiday season when the food drive sponsored by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung brings food to their doors on Saturday mom ing For the past 13 years the paper has sponsored the Cheer Fund which will provide food baskets for about 200 families this holiday season Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery said about 60 families received baskets the first year and the number jumped to about 100 the second year Every year since 1986 when I took it over weve served between 200 and 250 said Avery It keeps The list of families comes from the Community Service Center which gathers the names from various sources Avery said the list does not include every family that could use help There are people with a real need for help Those are the ones we want to help but sometimes their pride gets in the way and they wont accept she said Avery said HEB is preparing the baskets this year and will have them packaged She said all we have to do is go over there and pick them Each basket costs about and 200 baskets are being prepared How ever donations are still needed In 1993 about was collected by this time The current total is just over She said volunteers are also needed and the amount of time a per son spends is up to the individual If they want to deliver 1 or 100 thats fine Its up to them Any help is a big headache off of said Avery Avery said people can still get involved Volunteers will need to be at the HeraldZeitung building between 8 and 9 on Saturday Dec 23 to Students pick out nonperishable goods for the baskets Its wonderful the way they do things here Everyone vol unteers for some thing and thats what makes it Carol Ann Avery pick up delivery lists The baskets will have to be paid for by Friday However Avery said donations can be made at any time She said the money will be put into a sav ings account to draw interest until next years Cheer Fund Its a real nice thing to do for the community Its a pleasure to do it and it doesnt really hurt said Avery Avery said the volunteers also make a big difference in the Cheer Fund She said New Braunfels residents are great about volunteering and they help in numerous ways She said they deserve credit for the work they do Its wonderful the way they do things here Everyone volunteers for something and thats what makes it she said For more information about the fund donating or volunteering call Avery at 6259144 or come by the HeraidZeitung at 707 Landa St Unicorn Stadium not in compliance with ADA standards By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Amid concerns raised by a New Braunfels High School parent New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the district is doing everything it can to make sure Unicorn Stadium is acces sible to the handicapped We are well aware of the need to meet ADA American with Disabilities Act Bradberry said Right now we are doing engineering feasibility studies on how we can make the stadium accessible We want to meet the needs of the Unicorn Stadium does not have any platforms in the stands for people in wheelchairs The district Bradberry said allows people in wheelchairs on the track near the 35 yard line where assistance is available if they need a blanket or any help Bradberry said most of the people in wheelchairs are residents of Eden Home who are bused in a van from the home Ronnie Baker a member of the par ents advisory board to the superinten dent said he feels the district has tak en too long in making Unicom Stadium accessible He said it is inconvenient for his sisterinlaw who is paralyzed from the chest down to have her wheelchair stationed on the track because of the concerns a football or soccer ball may hit her Baker said that when the bands enter the field for the halftime show his sisterinlaw feels like she is being trampled I have been talking to the superin tendent and the viceprincipal since the beginning of football Bak er said To my knowledge nothing has been done about it It has been all talk and no action It is time we need ed to go ahead and start taking the ini tiative I am tired of getting the The district is trying to address Bak It takes significant amounts of money to get these projects Superintendent Charles Bradberry ers concerns Bradberry said He said there are many facilities within the school district that have not met ADA guidelines because they were built before ADA was implemented in the early 1990s Bradberry said that mak ing these changes will take time and money as renovations and new facili ties are put up The goal for upgrading Unicorn Stadium to ADA standards is the next football season Bradberry said but there is a chance that the dis trict could make the upgrades before soccer season starts in the spring The problem with the bleachers is that the area around it is not a flat Bradberry said We would have to take a section of stands out and weld a platform into the space But the thing is we would have to have an engineer look to make sure that the integrity of the structure is not dis Things like these dont happen Bradberry takes significant amounts of money to get these projects Cougar and Ranger Stadiums both meet ADA requirements Cornal Inde pendent School District Director of Maintenance and Operations Roy Lin nartz said At the north ends of each stadium we have access Linnartz said We have cut out two areas where six wheelchairs can fit In our gym and athletic restrooms we are making sure that there is a fivefoot diameter in the stalls for handicapped people to Linnartz said disabled people in wheelchairs can go onto the track if they want but they have to stay behind the goalposts for safetys sake Holiday event in search of Santa By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Santa seems to have missed one of the letters addressed to him at the north pole Harvest from the Heart organiz ers still hope that he will stop at the community dinner on Christmas Eve but they havent heard from the jolly elf yet Santa or any of his lookalike assis tants is urged to call 6081330 or 606 0200 to let Harvest from the Heart founder Robert Konkel know he will be there Food servers and other details are falling into place for Sundays com munity meal We have everything pretty well Konkel said We are short a few toys well have to spend some of our funds to buy Or a few more area residents could still donate a 15 toy by dropping it off at MailItPlus Jim Wesolick will be on hand to entertain Harvest from the Heart guests Sunday night Well over 100 people have called and donated Konkel said Vol unteer coordinators are working over rime to contact all the potential vol unteers Last year we served for four Konkel said This year were only serving for two hours so its kind of hard to find a job for everyone to Anyone in the community who wouldnt otherwise enjoy a hot tradi tional holiday meal with family or friends is invited to share that meal with New Braunfels neighbors at Har vest from the Heart Konkel said A good old fashioned turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served at the Civic Center Sunday Christmas Eve from 5 to 7 1 want to say a big thank you to the community for all the support so Konkel said Hundred point drop in market no cause for jitters analysts say By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The stalemate in the budget process is being blamed for more than federal employees being furloughed Some brokers and analysts say it has caused a rapid decline in the stock market The Dow Jones industrial average fell by to close at Monday However the cause of that drop in not clear Some brokers feel it is a result of the budget negotiations while others believe it is simply due to the end of the year It kind of indicates how people feel about the shut People have decided to get out said William Mayo of William N Mayo Investments Its a nervous little market right Stan Cunningham of Edward D Jones said the decline is noth ing to get excited He said that typically yearend portfolio dress ing occurs in which investors will attempt to make their portfolios look good for their annual report He said this could cause investors to do various things with their stock including sell ing it He said the market was high and it came down now Its virtually a result of stock going up so much earlier this year Its going to continue to fluctuate but theres no big trouble in said Cunning ham Mayo said he expects the market to Its gong to contin ue to fluctuate but theres no big trouble in Stan Cunningham Edward D Jones Co continue to However he said if an agreement is reached between President Clinton and the Congress the stock market will shoot straight He said the same thing could result if Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan issues a break in inter est rates At about noon on Tuesday Greenspan issued the break everyone was waiting for and the market responded accordingly Greenspan lowered the interest rate banks charge each other on overnight loans by about a quarter of a point Cunningham said the government is the worlds biggest debtor and wants low interest rates However Greenspan must be careful not to lower rates too quickly thus causing inflation said Cunningham He said the fact that he lowered the rate indicates that he does not see infla tion as a problem Its a long term indication that he believes theres not much inflation out there He feels the lowered rates can stimulate the economy without causing said Cunningham He said the stock market will respond accordingly because easing interest rates promotes increased buy ing The market will continue to fluc tuate and investors need to look at the longterm rather than shortterm He said they also need to realize that Greenspans actions simply mean he does not see inflation as a looming problem The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at Tuesday Mayo said he along with a lot of other brokers will continue to keep a close eye on the market until sonic indication conies from the government regarding budget negotiations Bidding farewell to the Fischer Store See Opinion Page 4   

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